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The Conversation: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Hawaii County

Affordable Housing Initiative; Voter Turnout; Kahua Ranch; Culinary Apprentice Program; Black Snow 


State Legislators Unveil Affordable Housing Initiative

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House Bill 2748, dubbed the Bob Nakata Act, recognizes the former state senator and lobbyist for his many years of affordable housing advocacy.  At a news conference yesterday legislators said they made good on their resolve to do something bold to address the shortage of affordable rental housing.


Intro Music: Pleasure Intellect by Glove

Outro Music: Under The Sun by DIIV

Does Get Out the Vote Work?

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With primary elections only few months away, there is much talk about voter turnout.  Nationally, it’s about whether Democrats will maintain their present enthusiasm and come out to vote more heavily than Republicans will. Contributing Editor Neal Milner reviews a few basic voter facts as summarized in the 3rd Edition of Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout.

Neal Milner

Intro Music: Francis by Houndstooth

Outro Music: Who by David Byrne and St. Vincent


Civil Beat Reality Check

Credit Patricia Giles / Civil Beat
Civil Beat

A bitter family feud on the Big Island has spilled out in the courts. Reporter Stewart Yerton writes about Kahua Ranch, the 4,000 acre property at the center of the dispute. To read the full story, visit CivilBeat.org.

Stewart Yerton

Outro Music: Friendly Fire by Citizen Cope   


KCC’s Hawai'i Cook Apprentice Program

Credit Marcus Fiskse, Hawai'i Cook Apprentice Program

Kapi'olani Community College has expanded the Hawai'i Restaurant Manager Apprentice program by offering free instruction to aspiring chefs.  Marcus Fikse is the Program Coordinator. The next session runs from May 25 - December 16. Apprentices must be currently working in a kitchen at a restaurant or other food-service operation. Classes include: Safety & Sanitation, Menu Planning, Culinary Nutrition and Intro to Food Service in addition to a weekly lab class in the kitchen.

Marcus Fikse

Outro Music: Everyday by Diane Coffee


Mikhail Bulgakov’s Black Snow

Credit Alex Monti Fox

Alex Monti Fox directs Mid-Pacific Institute's production of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Black Snow, a play set during the reign of Josef Stalin.  It runs weekends, starting this Friday, April 27 through Sunday, May 6 at the school’s Kawaiah’ao Recital Hall.

Alex Monti Fox

Intro Music: Whirring by The Joy Formidable

Outro Music: Russian Winter by Derek and Brandon Fiechter


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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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